- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Search reveals body in lake near Poplar Bluff; foul play suspected (11/12/17)
Key developments concerning Iraq
The United States began deploying its most experienced peacekeeping unit in the Iraqi capital. The U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division is scheduled to replace the 3rd Infantry Division -- a move that will reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq from 170,000 to just over 100,000.
The U.S.-backed Iraqi Health Ministry ordered an immediate health survey around the sprawling but dormant Tuwaitha nuclear plant outside Baghdad. Members of the Iraqi nuclear agency have expressed worry about radiation damage to those living nearby.
The U.N. Development Program's chief adviser, Maurice Albert, said electricity shortages will taper off soon. He said Iraq's dilapidated power plants need overhauls but are still functioning. However, over the next few years, he said the country needs massive investment to fix its energy infrastructure.
In another sign normalcy could be returning, 740 Iraqi refugees left Lebanon by bus bound for their homes.
The International Committee of the Red Cross suspended shuttles from Baghdad to the northern city of Irbil after a Japanese aid vehicle was peppered by 15 bullets. No one was injured and the ICRC did not say when the shooting occurred.